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Ed Walsh explores how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers and the value of integrating career discussions into your teaching.
Ideas for re-engaging students with science this term
It’s always a risk when committing thoughts to paper (or cloud) on education policy and practice; what might seem adventurous or at least perceptive at the time of writing can look predictable or even downright out of date by...
Retrieval practice and spaced practice
During my first post, I outline some of the many benefits of retrieval practice and why it should be used regularly in lessons to enhance students’ learning. In this post, I am going to discuss the...
Books Like Us
Why shouldn’t the reincarnated children of Zeus be transported to fight against their timeless serpent foe outside Greggs in Doncaster town centre? All children deserve to see the different aspects of their lives reflected in the books that...
In Light Night, I wanted to write about a character who, like me, finds the dark days of winter difficult. A lot of people do find winter hard, and it can sometimes be a...
Teaching every child to read!
We are determined to teach every child to read, so we have developed different programmes to ensure you can meet the needs of all your leaners.
Supporting Reluctant Readers
Reluctant readers are a small but significant group of children who do not yet read for pleasure. They are children who can read, but instead avoid or choose not to read. While not exclusively boys, many are, and finding...
Developing metacognitive skills with retrieval practice
One of the most challenging aspects of teaching is equipping students to be able to learn effectively on their own, outside of the classroom. This is particularly difficult when it comes to equipping students with the tools for effective...
The power of retrieval practice
During my first five years of teaching retrieval practice has been one of the key strategies that has had the greatest impact on my practice and, as a result, the students’ learning. There are so many benefits of retrieval...
Using Complete Revision and Practice as a GCSE course companion
Who is your worst critic? Well, for me, it is my daughter Annie. She is exactly the target audience for the Collins Complete Revision & Practice series; I was lucky to be commissioned to work on the series. Last...
Top 10 ideas for teaching Frankenstein
It is not often in literature that you find yourself unexpectantly on the side of the monster. Mary Shelley’s powerful and thought provoking novel challenges our assumptions of good and evil and encourages the audience to see all creations...